Marking of the IELTS Listening Test

by Ehsan

Hello Everyone,

Hope you guys are doing well, I will be taking my IELTS test in January, so I am in my preparation zone. Right now, I am concentrating in Listening and Reading sections, so I have a few questions:

1) How are IELTS Reading and Listening sections marked? By computer? I mean do all the answers need to be exact? For example, If the answer for one of the Listening question is "The textbooks", but if I wrote only "Textbooks" - is this wrong!?

2) Lastly, currently I am scoring within 29-35 in Reading, and 30-37 in Listening, with time pressured. Is this good start for practice?


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Dec 01, 2016
by: IELTS buddy


1) It's done by hand, but there are still fixed answers in the answer key and you will not get the point if it does not match the answer key.

If grammatically the answer would need 'THE textbooks' to make it correct, you would have to have 'the'.

2) Yes they are quite good scores. You can check out how that converts to bands here:

IELTS Scores

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